Jonathan Sheppard notched the 3,000th victory of his illustrious
career Monday when Fugitive Angel was up in the final jumps to capture
the seventh race at Delaware Park in Stanton, Del.
Sheppard became the 28th trainer in North American racing history to
hit the milestone. The 71-year-old Englishman is one of the most
accomplished trainers in the game, having been inducted into the
National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1990 as arguably the all-time
greatest trainer of steeplechase horses in America.
“I’m very happy and pleased,” Sheppard said. “I came up on the
milestone a little quicker than I thought. I feel very lucky, because
I’ve still got a full stable of horses at my age. The owners have been
very supportive. They’ve been great.”